Now here's the answer to the most important question for all you Camera Labs forum members:
Is this lens good for capturing da duck O' the day
Well, yes! This is one helluva lens to capture those quackers from near and far as you can get up close and personal up to 1:3 magnification
from 1.6m away. And a quack of 30cm hight can be captured from 8m away
and still fill the frame of your humble APS-C sensored camera. For full-framers it's a little closer at 5-6m...
So these are the best preconditions to make Patti jealous with envy or overjoyed with the results of your next quack-safari
But seriously, here are the main facts from the catalog
: 89x265mm = large
: 1290g w/o caps and collar = not too heavy for such a big lens
: ?? elements in ? groups = ?? Don't have any information
distance/max.magnification: 1.6m / 1:3 (tested and confirmed)
: 77mm = standard
= very bad
(no built in focus motor/HSM), so does not work on D40/x/D60-bodies
, manual-focus override by turning a ring
Covers full frame/FX
or smaller = normal
Comes with a nice lens-bag
: around 300-400€ used = not dirt-cheap
The front- and rear lens-cap
are cr*p (as usual with a Sigma lens)
is relayed to the camera, so the Nikon body can do all the advanced exposure-related stuff with this lens
= yes, just like a Nikon D-lens, moves in 1/2 stops
, easy to turn camera to portrait-mode
: Yes, with two positions: "full" or 3.5m to infinity / 1.6-2.5m.
There was an earlier version that was not designated "macro" which can be found even cheaper on eBay (around 200€) and there was also a HSM (aka AF-S) version which would have worked on a D40/x/60...
Mine is the macro but non-HSM version.
Well, apart from zooms ending at 400mm or beyond there's only one fixed focal 400mm out there for Nikonians: the "cheapo" Nikon AF-S VR 400mm 2.8G ED for above 7000€
At 4.6 kg not a light-weight either